MAD Youth Theatre is heading into 6th year and they want you

MAD Youth Theatre is heading into 6th year and they want you
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M.A.D Youth Theatre in town is heading into their sixth year and they are looking for new members.

They are looking for members aged between 12 and 21 to join them on the 13th of September at their new location Hagan House, Rampart Lane (on the right side of Johnny Masons) at 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

No experience is needed - all you need is an interest in drama.

The youth theatre is growing and they have expanded their workshop classes to children 6 to 11 years old.

MADYT Juniors is a zero pressure environment where the children will learn new skills and develop personally and socially. There are no exams, no pressure to perform but they will gain all the benefits the workshops have to offer such as increase of self-esteem, a sense belonging, increase literacy skills, theatre and acting skills. Drama workshops for children will start on the Wednesday 21st of September ages 6 to 8 at 4 – 5pm and ages 8 to 11 at 5 – 6 pm.

The youth theatre over the past few years have worked diligently to provide a top quality service to the young people of Dundalk and the surrounding areas. A place where they can be themselves and have fun and learn a variety of theatre techniques and dramatic skills. Whether or not the young person wants to be a professional actor there is something there for everybody regardless of experience and ambition.

M.A.D YT member Ben Verling gives his experience and why a young person should join.

“MAD has allowed me to channel my excesses energy into a creative environment through physicality, exploration of emotion and interaction and performance. I've taken part in performance that changed my perspective and opened up new avenues of thought for me. Working as part of an ensemble has helped me develop a sense of individuality as well as the ability to work co-operatively and constructively in a group. Meeting people through MAD has been amazing, be it in our own group or in other YTs, it's always a blast to meet likeminded people who enjoy theatre, not drama.

“I would definitely recommend MAD as a forum for self-expression and confidence building above the expected features of 'Drama class, etc.' However, I would implore people to approach MAD with an ensemble based work ethic and determination to partake to the best of your ability whatever that may be, MAD is about finding yourself and channelling yourself into your performance rather than reading lines off a page.

“I would nearly say that MAD has changed my life, for the better and I can't think of a reason not to take part, no matter how you feel about exposing your feelings or if you aren't confident in your ability as there will always be a place for you”.

M.A.D YT Provides ongoing professionally led weekly classes in Drama and Theatre skills. Their goals are to enable members to develop interpersonal skills such as confidence, social interaction, responsibility sharing, planning, decision making, team-work and problem solving. They aim to produce at least one production a year seeking out new and innovative performing arts opportunities. Giving audiences the opportunity to experience new, innovative and traditional performance practices.

If you have an interest in Drama and Theatre come and see if M.A.D Youth Theatre is the place for you. The open day is a fun two hours of a drama workshop. All you need is comfy clothes and bottle of water and if needed bring a friend.

To find out more or book a place contact 0831404747 / 0860457026 or ytfordundalk@gmail.com. Find the youth theatre on facebook @M.A.DYOUTHTHEATRE and twitter.com/MAD_YT